The House committee investigating last year’s Capitol riot is expected to recommend subpoenaing former Trump aides Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino in contempt of Congress for their refusal to cooperate in the investigation.
Late Sunday, the committee released a report recommending the House of Representatives find the two in criminal contempt. The nine members of the panel are due to vote on sending the document to the whole House at 7.30pm on Monday.
Navarro and Scavino would be the third and fourth people to be expelled for a House contempt vote, alongside former White House strategist Steve Bannon and former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
The report details several requests by the panel in recent months to Navarro and Scavino to testify before the panel and produce documents related to their actions and conversations before and during the January 6, 2021 violence.
Navarro was subpoenaed last month, while Scavino was subpoenaed in September last year – although the committee said it had repeatedly extended the deadline for him to come forward and testify.
“Despite all these extensions, to date, Mr. Scavino has not produced a single document, nor has he appeared to testify,” the report reads.
If the panel recommends charges Monday, the House of Representatives will vote on whether to forward the report to the Justice Department for a final decision on whether to prosecute the two former Trump aides.
Both Navarro, the former White House trade adviser, and Scavino, Trump’s former deputy chief of staff for communications, have attempted to evade the committee’s demands by invoking executive privileges and pointing to similar claims by the 45th president.
However, the Biden administration has dismissed Trump’s claim of privilege, saying it was “not in the national interest and therefore unjustified.”
Scavino’s legal team has claimed that President Biden does not “have the authority to waive executive privilege over the testimony of a senior adviser to a former president,” according to the New York Times.
The committee wants to speak to Navarro about his alleged involvement with Bannon in a plan to stop certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election. Meanwhile, the committee has claimed that Scavino “tweeted news from the White House on Jan. 6” and promoted the “Stop the Steal” rally that sparked the riot.
Navarro also faces a subpoena from the House subcommittee investigating the Trump administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. In December, he vowed not to comply with the committee – citing executive branch privilege – telling the panel the matter was “out of my hands and something the subcommittee should discuss with President Trump’s attorney.”
At the time, committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) urged him to comply, saying it was “very clear” that Navarro “possesses information responsive to the subpoena and not backed by any colored claims to executive privilege.” are”.
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